BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – The Buffalo Bills stake their unbeaten division record on Sunday when they travel to MetLife Stadium to face the Jets. They also just suffered the worst loss of their season, and perhaps one of their worst losses since Sean McDermott took over at Buffalo. Can the Bills turn the scenario against New York?
It’s too early to hit the panic button. But if the Bills lose to the Jets, you can smash that button as hard as you want.
Even after scoring just six points against the Jags, the Bills are averaging over 29 points per game, the fourth-best average in the NFL. Veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was asked about the Bills’ recent attacking struggles and shared a great prospect.
“It’s one of those things where you sit down and ask, do you lose or do you learn?” Sanders said Thursday. “I feel like yes, we lost this game, but it’s a learning experience for all of us, in terms of what we do best and how we can be at our best. Football style that we want to play and hopefully this loss that we just suffered is a learning lesson for us in terms of the brand of football we want to play. “
So which brand do the Bills want to play? Well that’s probably different from the brand they’ll need to play. Jacksonville and Miami have a plan laid out on how to slow the Bills down and that involves getting the Bills to direct the ball and attack defenses with quick passes. Unfortunately for the bills, these are two areas where they struggle.
Against the Jets, the Bills will likely make a more concerted effort to direct the ball. If they are successful early on, and I think they will, that should open up some opportunities in the passing game. Rookie offensive tackle Spencer Brown is heading in the right direction and will be a huge boost to the running game if he can play. Matt Breida could also see some action on Sunday, as Zack Moss continues to recover from a concussion.
The Jets aren’t a walk in the park, but the Bills have to take care of business against a weaker opponent and I think they will.
Tickets: 27, Jets: 16
Season summary: 5-3
Do I think the Bills will win in the end? No. Do I think the Jets can win this one? Yes. Do I want a crowd of Bills fans to come after me? No. That’s why I take the tickets, but frankly they must impress me if I take them as many times as I originally planned.
Last weekend’s game was excruciating to watch at times as the team many predict to make an appearance in this year’s Super Bowl looked more like a team that couldn’t compete with one of the worst teams in the league. on either side of the ball. . and that’s a huge concern.
This Bills offense has had the same issues over and over again since the start of the season – we’re talking about running play, red zone effectiveness, turnovers and, recently, pass protection. For as many weapons and talents as the Bills have on this side of the ball, this is something that needs to be fixed now as these struggles are not going to win you a lot of games, especially with the schedule the Bills have to. come here.
That being said, the New York Jets are similar to the Jaguars in that they just aren’t consistent at all. They can have a good game here and there, but for the most part they can’t compete with a lot of teams in this league, including the Bills on a bad day.
I was tempted to take the Jets because the last time I picked the Bills they proved me wrong. But I can’t in good conscience pick a team that shouldn’t win and that’s what we’re looking at this week. I think it’s closer than some might expect, but the Bills should get their 6th win and if they don’t .. WOOF.
Tickets: 22, Jets: 16
Season summary: 4-4
I shouldn’t have thought about this one so much. We’re talking about the New York Jets. But Buffalo was shown why the “Any Sunday” cliché rings true year after year.
Throughout the year, whether against a perennial power like the Chiefs or a rebuilder like the Texans, Bills safety Micah Hyde has insisted that everything stay in front of the defense. Buffalo has always wanted to force teams to “nickel and dime” on the field. But without second overall pick Zach Wilson, that’s what the Jets got good at.
Whether it’s former Cowboy Mike White or journeyman Josh Johnson, short throws, high volume and West Coast style have become the name of the game. This is how the Jets have circulated. the ball. This is also how New York secured their iconic victory in an otherwise mediocre season against the Bengals.
This victory will come down to a rebound game from the Buffalo offense. Up front, the Bills are porous at best. He takes off some of the best looks of Brian Daboll, Josh Allen and company if the one with the ball runs for his life. While the Jets’ record might be something to sneeze at, their first seven isn’t.
I’m not ready to hit the panic button yet. But if Buffalo can’t get a road victory after the Jets, I could.
Tickets: 23, Jet 17
Season summary: 4-4